Ve­hi­cle gunned at cops

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SAM BIDEY [email protected]

A STOLEN car was used in an at­tempt to run down two po­lice of­fi­cers in a ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent in Townsville.

The two of­fi­cers were forced to dive for their lives as the stolen car hur­tled to­wards them.

Re­gional District Of­fi­cer In­spec­tor Sean Dug­ger said it was for­tu­nate the male and fe­male senior con­sta­ble were not in­jured or killed.

About 3.50am on Satur­day po­lice found a stolen Toy­ota Camry parked in the mid­dle of the road in Il­luta St, Ras­mussen.

Two of­fi­cers parked their car to in­spect the stolen Toy­ota be­fore a sec­ond po­lice crew ar­rived.

Insp Dug­ger said a male senior con­sta­ble was stand­ing next to one of the po­lice ve­hi­cles when a sec­ond stolen car ar­rived and drove di­rectly at the of­fi­cer.

“It ac­cel­er­ated to­wards one of the of­fi­cers, caus­ing him to have to jump out of the way,” Insp Dug­ger said.

“The ve­hi­cle has con­tin­ued to­wards the ini­tial po­lice ve­hi­cle on scene where a fe­male senior con­sta­ble was stand­ing be­hind an open front pas­sen­ger door.

“(The stolen car) drove to­wards the of­fi­cer, caus­ing her to ac­tu­ally dive into the cabin of the po­lice ve­hi­cle.”

The woman was able to land safely in­side the po­lice ve­hi­cle just mo­ments be­fore the stolen car crashed into the opened pas­sen­ger door.

The car, which was iden­ti­fied as a Hyundai i30, sped off while po­lice at the scene con­firmed their col­leagues were un­in­jured.

It was dis­cov­ered aban­doned in Heather Court, Ras­mussen a short time later.

Insp Dug­ger said the Toy­ota had been stolen from South Townsville and the Hyundai from Rail­way Es­tate; both cars were taken overnight on Satur­day by of­fend­ers who had bro­ken into their vic­tim’s homes and stolen keys.

Po­lice are now hunt­ing the peo­ple in­volved and are ap­peal­ing for pub­lic help to track down the of­fend­ers as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

“These of­fences are not joy rid­ing, they are se­ri­ous crim­i­nal of­fences with po­ten­tial for po­lice and mem­bers of the pub­lic to be se­ri­ously in­jured or worse,” Insp Dug­ger said. “My in­for­ma­tion is the of­fi­cers are fine but it is very for­tu­nate … Their aware­ness and train­ing has as­sisted them in pre­vent­ing them from be­ing hit by this ve­hi­cle.

“We are ap­peal­ing for any wit­nesses and any­one who has any in­for­ma­tion as to the iden­tity of these of­fend­ers.”

Any­one who can help po­lice with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions should con­tact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Po­lice Link on 131 444.

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